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Empire Cinemas to Use TCC3 & DigiCine Solutions

Digital Cinema’s ONLY Fully Integrated TMS/SMS Solution Continues Its International Expansion

LOS ANGELES, CA

Click Here to Set Up a DemoNovember 3, 2015 – Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that it has signed an exclusive deal with Empire Cinemas, the largest independently-owned cinema chain in the United Kingdom, to use Hollywood Software’s TCC3 theatre management system (TMS) and its world-class DigiCine screen management system (SMS) in its highly-anticipated new 17-screen complex at Jarman Square, Hemel Hempstead. TCC3 and DigiCine are the only fully-integrated TMS / SMS solution for Digital Cinema.

“We are excited to see both of our products further expand into the international marketplace,” said David Gajda, Executive Chairman, Hollywood Software. “It is a testament to Hollywood Software’s products and services that they continue to expand in the marketplace as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary this month of the world’s first-ever commercial digital cinema installation, which Hollywood Software led.”

The TCC3 TMS connects theatres, centralizes content management and automates the transfer of features, trailers and encryption keys, saving countless hours that previously may have been lost to human error. It integrates with all major POS systems and enables theatre managers to oversee an entire complex from one screen and — with the click of a mouse — troubleshoot and solve problems instantly.

The DigiCine digital cinema playback solution offers exhibitors a premium, easy-to-use, software-based SMS with flexible choices in capability, servers and configuration for new installations, upgrades or replacements. The “DigiCine Series II Media Player” is the only certified software solution on the market that is hardware agnostic, while the “DigiCine Series I Extension” provides a low-cost migration path to a Series II projector via a simple configuration change.

To deliver the DigiCine SMS to theatres around the world in the quickest time possible, Hollywood Software has partnered with Dell to offer its clients a pre-configured system with pre-negotiated, proprietary pricing.

“Hollywood Software’s partnership with Dell has made ordering DigiCine systems an extremely simple, time-saving process,” said Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas. “It gives us great confidence to have the manufacturing and support of such a key component of our theatre operations handled by these two top notch companies.”

Eventually, FilmStore will be able to be ordered directly from Dell’s website and customized by the exhibitor to best meets its needs.

“As the industry continues to grow the size of the DCP, DigiCine provides us the flexibility to expand our storage to 8-50 TB or greater,” said Andre Mort, Technical Director, Empire Cinemas. “With this level of capacity, we are able to store as many titles as we need, both for weekly schedules and important special events, like marathon screenings of all seven Star Wars films. When combined with TCC3’s automated content transfers, cues, and rules-based trailer packs, we can be confident that shows will start on time with little human interaction, even when we make last-minute schedule changes due to audience demand.”

“It’s been a pleasure to work with such a premier partner as Empire Cinemas,” said Larry McCourt, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hollywood Software. “We are happy they see the benefits of our continued development in TCC3 and our newly launched DigiCine product. As the industry continues to change at an exceptional rate, we strive to stay ahead of the curve and provide our clients the tools they need to handle new challenges that come their way.”

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Their Digital Cinema Theatre Management System product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide. For more info, follow us on Twitter (@hollywoodhsi) and at LinkedIn.

MARKETING CONTACT:
Chris Morgan, VP Business Relations
comScore / Hollywood Software Inc.
(818) 205-2121

ABOUT THE EMPIRE CINEMAS

Empire Cinemas is the largest independently-owned cinema chain in the UK. Currently operating 185 screens in 18 cinemas across the United Kingdom, Empire Cinemas screens everything from mainstream blockbusters to art-house classics in quality cinemas, staffed by individuals who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about film. Its flagship London location, Leicester Square, was the first cinema in Europe to launch IMAX’s new laser projection system this September.

For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.empirecinemas.co.uk/

Hollywood Software Acquires DigiCine

LOS ANGELES, CA

Click Here to Set Up a DemoApril 20, 2015 – Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that it has purchased Digital Cinema Systems, Inc. (DigiCine), with its world-class motion picture playback system and all of its patents. With this acquisition, Hollywood Software is now able to offer clients a completely integrated TMS and SMS solution with flexible, low-cost upgrade options.

“The industry is moving into the next stage of digital cinema now that virtual print fees are ending and equipment from the first installations is reaching end-of-life,” said David Gajda, Executive Chairman, Hollywood Software. “After working with DigiCine for two years and most recently having fully integrated DigiCine with our TMS, this acquisition leaves Hollywood Software poised to present exhibitors with the most flexible, low-cost options for new Series II installations and Series I migrations.”

DigiCine is a unique, full-featured digital cinema playback solution for theatres of all sizes. It offers exhibitors a premium, easy-to-use SMS with flexible choices in capability, servers and configuration. The installation and migration options Hollywood Software will be offering exhibitors worldwide include:

Series II Media Player Solution
  • A low-cost solution to satisfy your new installation, upgrade or replacement needs
  • The ONLY DCI-compliant software solution on the market that is hardware manufacturer agnostic
  • Pre-negotiated, proprietary pricing available via a world-class, pre-configured Dell system, available with 24/7 warranty and support
  • Includes remote-diagnostic capabilities and support
  • Continually meets operational and industry requirements through software updates
  • Flexible storage capacity configuration (2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 TB or greater)
Series I Extension
  • Extends the life of, and enhances your Series I projector via a modular solution that provides you with Series II player capabilities.
  • Provides a low-cost migration path to a Series II projector via a simple configuration change at no additional hardware cost.
  • Provides many of the features previously only available on Series II systems, limited only by the projector (3D/HFR)

“Historically, when you have a Series I projector and your Series I server failed, the answer was to purchase another Series I server, which has serious cost and functional implications,” explained Larry McCourt, SVP Sales and Marketing, Hollywood Software. “The DigiCine Series I solution gives exhibitors a more future-proofed option. And combining DigiCine’s content management components with Hollywood Software’s Theatre Command Center (TCC) and Enterprise Web systems provides them with a complete hardware/software solution. We are excited to be able to help move the industry forward at an affordable price point.”

“Having originally rolled out with DigiCine across our circuit in the UK, and more recently having deployed Hollywood Software’s TCC TMS, Empire Cinemas has benefited from the seamless integration of the two systems,” said Justin Ribbons, CEO, Empire Cinemas. “We welcome the additional world-class support and reach Hollywood Software provides as we expand further.”

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System (Distributor) is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Their Digital Cinema Theatre Management System (TCC) product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide. Their Royalty Transaction Service (RTS) software efficiently manages complex rights licensing and royalty obligations. And their newest offering, Hollywood B.O.S.S, provides resources to handle Flash, BOR and voucher processing as well as cash collections.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL CINEMA SYSTEMS, INC. (DIGICINE)

Digital Cinema Systems, Inc. (DigiCine) is a digital cinema systems and technology company that provides solutions to exhibitors and digital cinema deployment entities worldwide. The team includes many of the pioneers in the digital cinema industry and the group holds several significant patents. As the leading software-based playback system for exhibitors, its DigiCine product offers exhibitors a premium, easy-to-use SMS with the most flexible options in capability, server choice and configuration, all at an affordable price point.